Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz 2015
Amon Ra is Ben Glaetzer’s flagship Shiraz named after an Egyptian God who was considered to be the King of all Gods. According to Ben Glaetzer the key to Amon Ra Shiraz is balancing the fruit and tannin extraction rather the maximising it – “the fruit has such expression that we aim to preserve the characteristics of the vineyard rather than dominate them.” Fruit was sourced from a range of vineyards, aged between 50-130 years old, with a strong emphasis on fruit quality, rather than simply selecting parcels of fruit because they were from old vines. The wine was matured for 16 months in 100% new oak of which 5% was American and 95% French.
Magnificent colour featuring an impenetrable inky black core and a very deep dark purple black hue. Intense aromas of dark plum, ripe blueberries and liquorice blossom from the glass over vanillin cedar, hints of earth and pepper. Incredibly rich and powerful yet possessing a sense of freshness and elegance, the palate is flooded with ripe blackberry, dark plum and liquorice flavours followed by vanillin cedar, confectionary and spicy pepper nuances. Opulent mouthfeel with perfectly integrated, very polished tannins having a velvety feel. Exceptionally long aftertaste of spicy dark plum, liquorice, blackberry, vanillin oak and pepper.
Cellar 8-10 years.
98 / 100 Cellarmaster Value Rating